Missing N. Ga. teen found in Norcross

Mario Gomez-Vasquez

Mario Gomez-Vasquez

NORCROSS -- Police found a 14-year-old North Georgia girl in Norcross on Sunday after she'd absconded with a man she met over the Internet, authorities said.

Dublin resident Mario Gomez-Vasquez, 27, is charged with felony child molestation for his alleged relationship with the Habersham County teen.

A Gwinnett police officer on Sunday afternoon spotted Gomez-Vasquez and the teen, who the Habersham County Sheriff's Department was trying to locate, walking along Thompson Parkway near Norcross. Police had received a tip that the girl could be in that area.

Gomez-Vasquez told police he'd picked the girl up at her home about 10 a.m. that morning, then checked in to a Motel 6 in Norcross. He told police he was under the impression the girl was 19 or 20, and denied having sex with her, according to a Gwinnett police report.

The girl relayed a different story.

The report states she told police the two had met on the Internet and had two prior sexual rendezvous at her Clarkesville home.

The teen "stated that originally she had told (Gomez-Vasquez) she was 18, but her mother had already told him that she was only 14 years old," an officer wrote.

Police arrested Gomez-Vasquez and transported the teen to the Hall County line, where they were met by a Habersham County deputy who took the girl home.

Gomez-Vasquez allegedly gave police a false birth date, and was charged with two counts of providing false information. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Jail records show he's also being held for federal immigration authorities.